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You should not have to think after you get into the bar exam. You should know the legal information so well that you will not have to learn the material during the exam. After mastering the technique of taking the multistate, essay writing will become second nature. It should be second nature to you by the day of the exam. Here are some last-minute tips to help you out on that nerve-wracking day. 1. RELAX The day before the exam, relax. Pack ID, pencils, pens, a mini clock, ear plugs, a sweatshirt, a pillow to sit on, and a snack. 2. NO SCHMOOZING Do not talk with other bar candidates before, during or after the bar exam. Others could make you nervous. Leave your friends at home. 3. YOUR BODY/YOURSELF After each exam day, eat a balanced meal, relax and get a good night sleep. Jurisdictions that have a three day exam will test your endurance. Sleep is essential. 4. COVERAGE Respond to each question. Do not leave any item blank on the exam. 5. READ Read and understand the question carefully! This is your most critical task. Answering the question asked is your second most important task. 6. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS Before writing, adhere to the exam instructions. Understand the legal relationships between the parties. Know the issues presented. Organize. Circle words, phrases, adverbs, adjectives, dates, names, numbers, percentages, amounts of money, and places that may generate issues. Never assume additional facts unless you are specifically directed to do so. 7. BREAK IT DOWN Present separate headers whenever possible for ease of reading and grading. 8. NO B.S. Do not repeat presumed facts or uncontroverted evidence. Stick to the facts and circumstances presented. Incorporate relevant facts in your answer. You may want to follow a chronological sequence or proceed according to transaction. When appropriate, discuss procedures and remedies, as well as legal rights and liabilities. 9. MANAGE YOUR TIME Allocate your time. Do not let yourself give any question more time than any other question. All essays are given equal weight unless otherwise stated. Look at how many parties are involved in the question presented. This will guide you in determining the issues you will need to address. 10. NEATNESS COUNTS Keep your answer neat, concise and organized. Legibility is important. Use IRAC if helpful: identify issues … state applicable legal rule relating to the issue … analyze law and facts relevant to the issue … conclude. 11. LEAVE SPACE For essays, only write on the right-hand side of the exam book. If you use a second book for one answer then write “book one” at the bottom of the first exam book and “book two” at the top of the second exam book. 12. DON’T WASTE TIME ON UNNECCESARY DETAILS Do not write case names or statute numbers in your essays. 13. DETAILS COUNT Be able to define key legal terms: merchant, notice, bona fide purchaser for value, cover, marketable title, consideration, etc. 14. BE SMART Don’t leave your common sense at the door. 15. TAKE CARE If you get ill before or during the exam, after the exam is over for the day, grab a bite to eat, try to take a steam-bath and get as much rest as possible. Bring Kleenex and throat lozenges because you will not want to waste time finding those items during an exam break. 16. LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION If you can, sleep at a hotel in close proximity to the bar exam. Traffic early in the morning and evening is unpredictable. Every moment is critical. Treat yourself to additional time and relaxation. 17. CONFIDENCE Know when you walk into the exam that you will pass because you are prepared and well rested. 18. SMALL PART These tips are part of your preparation to pass the bar exam. The rest of it, as you know, depends on months of preparation. Ebook Bar Review (http://www.netbarexams.com) publishes an affordable 391-page complete self-study for the multistate (MBE) and offers a focused strategy to master the bar exam skills to pass. Ebook Bar Review topics include criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional law, evidence, torts, contracts & sales, real property, future interests, federal rules of civil procedure, remedies & equities, UCC 3,UCC 9, agency and professional responsibility.

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